Sunday, January 23, 2011

Only Christ can heal divisions amid Christians today, says Pope

Divisions among Christians exist today as they did in St. Paul's time and there continues to be a single source of curative – repentant and turning to Christ – said the Pope on Sunday.

As he did the week prior at the general audience, Pope Benedict XVI again took up the theme of Christian agreement during his Jan. 23 address before the Angelus prayer.

The subject is relevant as the annual, global celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues. Observed from Jan. 18-25, this year's Christian unity week focuses on the Acts of the Apostles and the very first Christian community in Jerusalem.

The Geneva, Switzerland-based World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Vatican Council for the endorsement of Christian Unity partnered with the churches of Jerusalem to come up with the theme and resources to be used during the week.

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